The Minneapolis Public Schools Minority, Women and Diverse Business Participation Oversight Committee on June 1 announced that participation of women and diverse business partners for the new MPS Educational Service Center more than doubled the goal of 25 percent.
The MPS ESC Project Community Participation Report for April states that minority- and women-owned businesses account for 54 percent of business partners. Approximately $18.8 million of work has been procured with $10 million committed to diverse firms.
The committee will convene on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 116 at the Minneapolis Public Schools Webster Complex, located at 425 5th St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418. Community members are invited to provide input to the committee as part of the meeting.
All speakers will be limited to three minutes. Input can also be submitted for the committee via email at [email protected] or by calling 612.668.0518.The committee will also hear updates from James Burroughs, MPS Director of Equity and Diversity, and Lynn Littlejohn, Director of Community Affairs for Mortenson/Legacy.
The primary responsibilities of the committee are to monitor and evaluate the continued participation of minority, women and other diverse businesses during the construction process; review related reports provided by the MPS Office of Equity & Diversity; and certify that Mortenson/Legacy is meeting or exceeding the goals set forth for minority, women and other diverse businesses participation.
The Minneapolis Board of Education in October 2010 established the MWDB-POC for the construction of the new ESC as part of a policy implemented in fall 2010 to promote businesses owned and operated by minorities, women and diverse communities in school district procurement and contracts for goods and services. The policy is a proactive effort of MPS to partner with and foster economic development in Minneapolis.